The Fire Within (lost film soundtrack; 1963)

The Fire Within Soundtrack
The Fire Within film poster.
The Fire Within film poster.
Status Lost

The Fire Within (originally Le Feu Follet) is a 1963 French film directed by Louis Malle, based on the novel Will O' the Wisp by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. The film revolves around the last hours in the life of a suicidal alcoholic as he tries to find a reason to live[1]. It is often considered one of Louis Malle's most successful films.

The Soundtrack

Throughout the film, extracts of Eric Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1, 2, 3 and Gnossienne No. 1, 2, 3 can be heard in various scenes. The score is performed by Claude Helffer and it might have been specifically used for the film, as the pace of the soundtrack is distinctively slow. Barclay Records released the incomplete soundtrack on vinyl, without Gymnopedie No. 2 and 3. At one point, the soundtrack was sold on sites like[2] and[3]. However, it is no longer on sale as of today. No more physical copies of the vinyl have been known to resurface. No digital copy of the pieces has been seen on the internet and this version of Gymnopedie and Gnossienne has never been re-released in any other form.

Track listing

  • Gymnopedie No. 1
  • Gymnopedie No. 2 (Not included in Barclay Records's release)
  • Gymnopedie No. 3 (Not included in Barclay Records's release)
  • Gnossienne No. 1
  • Gnossienne No. 2
  • Gnossienne No. 3



  1. Wikipedia page of the film




1 months ago
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Good start to an article

it could be expanded a little more though

Rare collector

1 months ago
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I just added some images, also did a little change in the fact.

I don't know how I can expand the article further apart from that. There is little information about this soundtrack on the internet. The only source I can get that confirms the soundtrack and its artist is this: https://fr.w..._cin.C3.A9ma (in French).
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